Sword and shield. Down. Down. Both of them down.

An attempt to re-capture my identity out of the clutches of the daily colonial frameworks which through their all pervasive nature, often force me to harden out of protection. A sense of trying to carry on amidst all this fuckery and re-train a fearless vulnerability. A sense of retaining my multiplicity and morphing the body’s narrative as a soft resistance to objectification and reductive representations. A challenge to myself – as someone who experiences heightened distress over my appearance to look in the camera for more than a minute. A challenge to the viewer to free their gaze from the familiar and identifiable.

First screened as part of GUSH Vol. 1 by Jamila Johnson-Small/Last Yearz Interesting Negro.